Jumping into CCNP Data Center

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  • d4nz1gd4nz1g Posts: 464Member
    Thank you for your words, guys.

    Yea, I won't quit this thing. You know...I already got too far to give up right now.

    Labbing IPX tomorrow, I will try to cover everything that I felt weaker on the test.

    Regarding to those (bad) questions, I will try not to let them bring me another failure, which means that I will have to score on every question that its possible to answer.
  • d4nz1gd4nz1g Posts: 464Member
    Getting back on my feet, studying all the topics that I felt I was weaker at.

    Reviewing and labbing NPV and FCoE this week, OTV Fabricpath and vPC next week.
    Right before my next attempt, I will focus on ISSU, copp, FEX and tackling SAN stuff again.

    Not scheduled yet, but I am going to do it as soon as possible.
  • d4nz1gd4nz1g Posts: 464Member
    Reading both books again. This time paying attention to the smallest details AND building a flash card deck on my phone.

    I have to admit that flash cards are great for small and specific topics, and I am starting to build a few cards that make me think broader (ex: 3 reasons that can prevent 2 fabrics to merge).

    No labbing past weekend, resting at night and trying to read the docs while at work.

    By the way, I am getting into the new nexus boxes at work (4x 7700, 4x 5600 and 4x 5500). Activated a couple of servers today on this new network and everything is working smoothly. Also, I feel that I will be the one writing procedures on how to operate this whole new thing since I am the only one there that worries about learning how these guys work.
  • creamy_stewcreamy_stew Posts: 406Member
    d4nz1g wrote: »
    Thank you joels.

    The test is so expensive for me, and I guess I will not be able to pay for it again (I work for a partner, but....).

    You work for a partner, and they won't sponsor even your exam fee? Bizarre.
    Itchy... Tasty!
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  • d4nz1gd4nz1g Posts: 464Member
    I thought the same as you lol. So weird.
  • d4nz1gd4nz1g Posts: 464Member
    Currently I'm reading Storage Networking Protocol Fundamentals and labbing everyday at lunch time.

    I will be sitting for IELTS tomorrow (speaking) and on saturday (writing, listening). After that, I will get back to SAN stuff (NPV, Fabric Merge) and try to lab it as much as possible, and leave OTV for the days prior to the test.

    I feel like I don't need to study that much anymore, just got to retain the knowledge and, specially, pay attention to the test. I guess that was the point which led me to a fail.
  • d4nz1gd4nz1g Posts: 464Member
    Watching some videos, focusing more on SAN (Fabric merge and NPV/NPIV)
    Reading Storage Networking Fundamentals - such an amazing book, both for LAN and SAN.

    Next week I plan finishing SAN and review everything else. Right before my test I will focus more on OTV.
  • d4nz1gd4nz1g Posts: 464Member
    IPx lab today, finishing SAN, Private-vlan, OTV and fabricpath.

    Can't wait to pass this !@$%@$[email protected] exam >.<
  • d4nz1gd4nz1g Posts: 464Member
    Failed again with the same score, lol

    1st time:
    Layer 2: 64%
    FCoE: 100%
    SAN: 60%
    DCI: 80%
    Platform Specific: 70%

    2nd time:
    Layer 2: 79%
    FCoE: 100%
    SAN: 60%
    DCI: 80%
    Platform Specific: 60%

    ISSU and copp killed me today. SAN questions were ridiculous. The lab was ok this time.
  • MowMow Posts: 445Member
    Ouch, man, hang in there.
  • d4nz1gd4nz1g Posts: 464Member
    Well, I will wait for this exam to be refreshed so I can take it once again. The $$ exchange rate is too damn high, $250 for me is like 1/5 of my paycheck so no, I will not take it just for the sake of failure.

    Will keep studying something else until then and, of course, refresh my knowledge on Cisco DC Fabric every week so I won't lose any of the knowledge I acquired so far (7 months~).
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